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The problems of the deception from the Koranic 'proper names' are just as fundamentals as they are numerous. They include such terms as
'Allah', 'Islam', 'Koran', 'Muhammad', 'Qibla', 'Zakat' and 'Salat', 'Mecca', 'Quraysh', 'Ka'aba', 'al-Masjid', 'Deen' (or Din).... just to name a few!
In Arabic there's no capital to determine a proper name from a common one. To indicate such differentiation it uses 'ism' instead. This,
in turns, came down to deliver an excessive amount of HUGE falsifications when wronly translated/understood.
This thread will cover some of the most prominent mistakes, starting with the words 'Allah' and the 'Koran' itself, which never was written
as a title (a proper name) but as a generic for religious lecturing, or reading (from the Syriac quryan, of the same meaning). Many of these
falsifications imply shirk as they are blasphemous to the One God and the spirit of His revelations. So Muslims are utterly concerned here.
1. Is 'Allah' a proper name or a generic for The One G-d?
By now it's the actual controversy going on in Malaysia. Do Islamists have an imprimatur on this?
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This is at the bottom of the controversy that happened recently in Malaysia, where Christians were prohibited to use this name.
In reality, it comes down to incorporate God as a registered trademark, a product. It becomes like let say Coka Co'Allah Inc. !
It transforms the Eternal Almighty (whatever its name) into an object, no worthier than any other one. An industrial delusion...
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Even the Koran acknowledges that 'Allah' had a Christian past...The understanding of “Allah” as a proper name reminds us of the perception of the Europeans when they first became acquainted with Islam. Because of their inadequate knowledge of Arabic they considered Allah “to be the name of the idol worshiped by the Mohammedans”. Every Muslim would, of course, feel offended by such an expression. Unfortunately, such a misunderstanding persists precisely because some people continue to those hold the view that”Allah” is a proper name.........
Saying “the” God (Allah) makes it clear who is meant. If he would need a proper name to distinguish him from other gods (âliha) then he would not longer be perceived as the only true one. If Allah is considered to be a proper name, this would imply that there are other gods with comparable proper names. Such would be the case among human beings: All are human, but all have their proper names because there are many. If there were only one human, it would suffice to call him just Adam (= human being). This one human then does not need a proper name.
Imposing a linguistic taboo that bans the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims is an act that offends the sensitivity of non-Muslims. The ban is even more unacceptable given the fact that the use of Allah is a long established linguistic phenomenon in the history of these Arabic speaking communities – long before even Muslims appeared on the stage of history.
22.40: Those who have been driven from their homes unjustly only because they said: Our Lord is Allah -
For had it not been for Allah's repelling some men by means of others, cloisters and churches and oratories
and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft mentioned, would assuredly have been pulled down....
In the hope of saving lives and troubles in Malaysia or elsewhere, upon a form of idolatry...
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Once a formidable Christian theologian, Nicholas of Kues (1401-1464) in his work 'De Docta Ignorancia' (Of Learned Ignorance), came
with the best definition for G-d I have yet encountered. He said that God is ''That in which opposites co-exist''! But a sectarian Allah
couldn't match this, so more and more Muslims are getting aware that this thing about Allah as a proper name is bound to reflect as
'The idol of the Muhammadans'... instead of the intended embodiment of The One!
As a proper name 'Allah' would be equated with any sectarian deity, any tribal leading god, like the Edomite 'Kaus'. By its proper
name he ceases to be the Supreme Being of All, a specific reference to The All, to become the Islamic tribal divinity, loosing its
universal belonging. The sectarian Allah cannot anymore be said of anything infinite, since he has been identified with a finite
wording. Allah is classified information, a registered trademark like: Allah Inc. Worse still: this 'Allah' would lose all affinities
with the Biblical G-d and its recognized prophets, including Abraham and Moses, so going against a flock of Koranic statements!
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In Turkey the word 'Tengri' was in use as well as Allah to talk about the ultimate G-d, without problems...Insisting on the use of the word "Allah" which is the Arabic word for God immediately creates the illusion that "Allah" is a whole different
deity than God of the whole world. It creates a god that belongs ONLY to the Muslims, and takes the universality of Islam out of it.
So in the Malay language Allah -is- Tuhan... just like it is Anla in Chinese, Allach in Russian or Anax for the Serbian Muslims!
Let's say I concede on this. Now, do you only realize that by taking out its universality you put Allah on par with Allat,
Zeus, Humbaba and the Flying Spaghetti! That the whole operation transforms Allah into Muhammad's idol, going against
the very message of your Holy Book! So go ahead and shirk heartfully. You might as well worship 'Bob' as any Robert!
If you consider Allah as a proper name then, that Arabic tribal divinity has indeed three daughters and Muslims have no more ground
to refute this. Allah, by the necessity of its proper name, become linguistically associated with Allat, nothing lest! Now deal with it!
Your 'Allah', as a proper name, is no more the Koranic Allah and, of necessity, to be associated with Hubal as another proper name
and not with Ha-Baal, which is simply a recognized generic for 'Lord'. By way of consequences, all Christian bibles must therefore be
edited to rule out 'Allah' as a universal generic for God and the Turkish people must also expurgate 'Tanri' as a Turkish equivalent...
I could go for that: it becomes Muslims' HUGE problem. Not mine... There are some fatwas lost.
Allah is basically a contraction of Il-Ilah
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Al-Ilaah........ and......... Allah.
On the Pre-Islamic Allah.
'Kaus is Allah' an Edomite stele dated 750BC (in the time of Tiglath-Pileser III)
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The Zebed inscription; the Koranic Al-A'la and Al-Ali(yy; The Hittite Alalu (Elul, Aylūl, Elūlu).
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Ba'al (another generic) was also known as Ba'alah and Ba'alat... !
The Bismillah; AaLaH; Eloah; Chaldean Elahh; Greek Eleos (Aloes).
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What's troubling the etymologists is, in my opinion, that Allah may have three different regional sources. The Al-Ilah (Enlil) source comes
from the Lakhmid territories (Iraq and North Syria), while the Syro/Aramaic root of Alaha/Eloah was more influential in the biblical Levant.
Yet a third influence, in the northwest Nabatea, must be weighted in: that of the Egyptian moon-god, LAH/YAH. Lah/Yah wasn't important
and was mainly related to the moon proper, our satellite. Egyptologists think that he has been adopted by the Hyksos, all along with Seth.
Lah/Yah became associated with the moon as time (months). As such it's the root for Jericho (Yarich/Yerech) with that of Arah: wandering.
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The extreme sparsity of informations about Lah/Yah might be the reason why it did escape etymologists' scrutiny, while Al-Lah is obvious.
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Not only its Christian pre-Islamic usage is emphasized Q.22.40, but the name Al-Ilah is written in 21.108, also Al-A'la (sura 87)
just as Al-Aliyy in 4.34 & 2.255 (Sublime, Highest). The closest biblical equivalent is said to be Eloah, only so written in the
Book of Ezra and Job, and the Aramaic Alaha. Yet I personally find intriguing cognate with the biblical El-Elyon, out of the
Phoenician Eliun (the Most High), Samaritan Illiyyun found in Q.83.18-21 (Illiyin), the recorder of the good deeds in opposition
to Sijjin (?). We know that Ilya was an old Arabic name for Jerusalem (Roman Aelia Capitola).
The name of Allah has a deep past going way back even the pre-Islamic Arabia area, into Akkadian and Egyptian times.
To the Hittites/Alalu, the Egyptian/Lah, the Akkadian Ilu/Elulu, the Hebrew Eloah, the Aramaic Alaha, always written L or Ll.
Also in Resource Center: Could the Vedic Varuna Be Allah ?
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Note: many more posts are coming up, each dealing with some, quite misunderstood, Koranic 'proper names'.
Next post will look at the word Koran (Quran, Qur'an), is it a proper or common name?